WBEZ | sexism http://www.wbez.org/tags/sexism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: The relationship between mental health and eating http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-05-20/morning-shift-relationship-between-mental-health-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/anorexia Flickr schnappischnap.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>May is Mental Health Month, so we take a look at the connection between eating right and mental health. We also look at the latest efforts to get a new trauma center at the University of Chicago Medical Center.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-relationship-between-eatng-and-m/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-relationship-between-eatng-and-m.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-relationship-between-eatng-and-m" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The relationship between mental health and eating" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 07:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-05-20/morning-shift-relationship-between-mental-health-and Marvel Comic's new female Muslim superhero http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-11/marvel-comics-new-female-muslim-superhero-109122 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Marvel AP.jpg" style="height: 376px; width: 620px;" title="The image released by Marvel Comics shows character Kamala Khan, second left, with her family Aamir, father Yusuf, mother Disha and friend Bruno, from the &quot;Ms. Marvel&quot; issue. (Marvel Comics/AP)" /></div></div><p>Marvel Comics&#39; newest superhero is more than just a symbol of diversity and a deviation from the white, male norm that Spiderman, Wolverine, Captain America, and countless other comic book heroes occupy.</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/06/showbiz/ms-marvel-muslim-superhero/" target="_blank">Kamala Khan</a>, a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City, also looks and sounds like a real person, albeit with extraordinary powers.</p><p>In a universe where most female superheroes are impossibly stacked and Barbie doll-proportioned (to draw ogling male eyes) Khan is a refreshing change of pace. She is pretty, yes, but rock-hard body &quot;hotness&quot; is not what defines her. &nbsp;</p><p>Writer G. Willow Wilson, a convert to Islam, says Khan was created as a true-to-life person teenagers could relate to.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s for all the geek girls out there, and everybody else who&#39;s ever looked at life on the fringe,&quot; Wilson said in a statement.</p><p>Khan, who will make her debut in January, is radically different from most of Marvel&#39;s most popular female superheroes, but also appealingly meta for a fanbase already attached to legacy characters. While she lives with conservative Pakistani parents, she fits the mold of an angsty teenager and an outsider in school.</p><p>She also is an avid reader of Marvel comic books.&nbsp;</p><p>So when she discovers her superhuman power as a polymorph &mdash; being able to lengthen her arms and legs and change shape &mdash; she takes on the name Ms. Marvel, a title which previously belonged to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Carol Danvers. Now, Khan&#39;s story will be the one to inspire a new generation of girls and boys.</p><p>Series editor Sana Amanat, who also worked on Ultimate Spiderman and Ultimate X-Men comic books for Marvel, told <a href="http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131110/news-current-affairs/article/pow-zap-marvel-comics-present-teenage-female-muslim-superhero" target="_blank">Reuters</a> that a reflection of the Muslim-American experience through the eyes of a teenage girl creates a font of endless possibilities.</p><p>&quot;We are always trying to upend expectations to an extent, but our point is to always reflect the world outside our window, and we are looking through a lot more windows right now,&quot; she said.&nbsp;</p><p>In fact, the idea for this new kind of superhero came from a conversation that Amanat had with her senior editor, Steve Wacker, about her own experiences growing up as a Muslim-American.</p><p>&quot;He was interested in the dilemma I faced as a young girl and the next day he came in and said, &#39;Wouldn&#39;t it be great to have a superhero that was for all the little girls that grew up just like you, and who are growing up just like you are today, and to create a character they can be inspired by?&#39;&quot; said Amanat.&nbsp;</p><p>Of course, girls have been inspired by female superheroes from the moment Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in 1941. But more than 70 years later, the endless parade of unbelievably bodacious babes in skin-tight bodysuits has begun to wear thin.</p><p>Female comic book fans need more than a strong, independent woman with superpowers and a slamming body to stay interested. We need diversity, in every sense of the word: racially, culturally, intellectually, and physically.</p><p>In my opinion, this is in part why so many comic book films and TV shows helmed by female superheroes (Elektra, Catwoman, and the Wonder Woman series that never made it to air) have fallen flat in recent years. The average woman or adolsecent girl has to fall in love with these characters too. If all she sees is plastic, how can she relate?</p><p>I&#39;m excited to see all of the new stories that the creators of Kamala Khan will bring to life, but I also long for more.</p><p>When will we see a mainstream superhero who is gender-queer or transgender? Why do the female characters continue to be drawn to serve the male gaze, with their supermodel sexiness and perfectly-chiseled abs? Isn&#39;t it about time we had a full-bodied female superhero, or at the very least, more&nbsp;<a href="http://geektyrant.com/news/2013/4/3/fully-clothed-female-superheroes-geek-art.html" target="_blank">fully-clothed</a>&nbsp;ones?&nbsp;</p><p>Still, the good news is that times are changing, and Kamala Khan has punched a hole through the glass ceiling with a resounding smash.</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett.</a></em></p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-11/marvel-comics-new-female-muslim-superhero-109122 'Big Brother' 15: an opportunity to discuss discrimination of all forms http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-07/big-brother-15-opportunity-discuss-discrimination-all-forms-108178 <p><div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/big-brother-768.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 310px; float: left;" title="(CBS)" /></div></div><div>&#39;Only what can be seen can be considered real. Reality is not based on what you tell me, but what I choose to see and believe and recognize. Everything else holds no place in my world. &#39;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This mindset appears on the surface to be harmless enough, but when it comes to forms of discrimination and prejudice, the voice of the narrator is far too often considered as unbelievable as the events themselves. As a society, we have been taught to recognize homophobia or racism or sexism in as blatant of terms as possible, and ignore the smaller things.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When I was younger, I had a friend who had a difficult time understanding the microagressions I faced in my seemingly diverse school. <a href="http://www.div17.org/TAAR/media/topics/microaggressions.php" target="_blank">According to TAARM</a> (Taking Action Against Racism in the Media), microagressions are, &ldquo;brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults towards people of color. Those who inflict racial microaggressions are often unaware that they have done anything to harm another person.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Are you sure you&rsquo;re not just over thinking things?&rdquo; she would ask when, for example, during regulated classroom debates or discussions, my teacher would call me &ldquo;aggressive,&rdquo; &ldquo;angry,&rdquo; and &ldquo;confrontational&rdquo; whenever I disagreed with a fellow classmate.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;What else do I need to prove my point?&rdquo; I would ask her. &ldquo;A burning cross?&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It was not until my parents came to see him that he &ndash; a seemingly &ldquo;perfect&rdquo; far-left liberal &ndash; recognized that his words spoken in front of the entire class were problematic, at best, and emotionally crippling at worst.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbezs-changing-channels/changing-channels-podcast" target="_blank">the first episode</a> of WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbezs-changing-channels" target="_blank"><em>Changing Channels</em></a> podcast, I said that <em>Big Brother</em> was one of my most anticipated shows of the summer. Like every other summer, I looked forward to the drama, manipulations, and lies of the <em>Big Brother</em> house guests. Hurtful comments are a given on a show in which contestants compete in challenges in order to eat good food, control what happens in the house, and avoid losing out on a $500,000 grand prize.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I have been a secret fan of the reality competition since it began and regularly troll online forums like <a href="http://Jokersupdates.com" target="_blank">Jokersupdates.com</a> or <a href="http://ONTDBB.tumblr.com" target="_blank">ONTDBB</a> for the latest information about the house guests. Season 15 began in late June and features a standard cast (beautiful, young, athletic, slightly diverse). What has not been &ldquo;standard,&rdquo; however, is the <a href="http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/06/big-brother-15-house-the-racism-misogyny-and-homophobia-comes-out.html" target="_blank">abundance</a> of racist, homophobic, ableist, and sexist <a href="http://forums.jokersupdates.com/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php?Board=BBDiscussion&amp;Number=19470364" target="_blank">comments</a> uttered by the house guests (seen above). In seasons past, such low level attacks were rarely seen (at least on the CBS broadcast) and if they occurred, they were usually only said by one or two house guests at most.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This season has included offensive comments from numerous house guests, like Aaryn who said, when Helen, a Korean-American contestant was crying, that she should &ldquo;shut up, go make some rice.&rdquo; Or Spencer, who has referred to Andy, a gay contestant (and local Chicagoan) as a f-- and women in the house as c---s. Additional comments from four other contestants (Ginamarie, Jeremy, Kaitlin, and Amanda) have sullied the mood of the house.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The comments have sparked outrage among the public. A <a href="https://www.change.org/petitions/cbs-television-network-to-expel-current-contestant-of-big-brother-15-aaryn-gries" target="_blank">petition</a> to remove the most problematic house guest was created and both Aaryn and <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/07/03/big-brother-ginamarie-zimmerman-loses-job-racist-comments/" target="_blank">Ginamarie</a> have been fired or dropped from their jobs outside of the house.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But similar to the Paula Deen fiasco, the public outrage reflects the ways in which we dissect offensive behavior: go big or go home.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We obviously should be talking about the problems with such statements. Although the term microagression is typically applied toward racially or ethnically-charged incidents, the act in itself can be applied to other marginalized populations. It&rsquo;s disappointing to think that a greater public outcry does not occur when smaller acts of racism or homophobia or sexism or ableism occur on television.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This diminishes the impact of incidences such as microaggressions. It pretends that racism or sexism or homophobia or ableism only exist when they play into our mainstream ideas of what racism or sexism or homophobia actually are. There is no racism unless the n-word is dropped. There is no sexism unless it is in the law to discriminate based on gender. There is no homophobia unless it is coupled with violence. Essentially, there is no discrimination until those outside of the marginalized group &ldquo;recognize&rdquo; it as so.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Big Brother controversy provides an ample opportunity for more media outlets to not only report on the nastiness and the the outrage, but to also spark further discussion on how these statements are not just &ldquo;flukes&rdquo; of the house.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a recent interview, newly evicted house guest Jeremy claimed that, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not racist, sexist, or homophobic&rdquo; despite the fact that he regularly called the women in the house &ldquo;bitches.&rdquo; If the house guests can&rsquo;t even recognize it when they do it, how can we expect people in other situations to recognize it when they witness it?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the media, we can&#39;t just say, &quot;this is bad.&quot; We must also say, &quot;this is an example of the way some people think,&quot; and ask, &quot;What can we do to help end this?&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In order to better eradicate racism, homophobia, ableism, and sexism, we must actively recognize all forms of them, from the brief and commonplace forms of &ldquo;hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults,&rdquo; to the aggressive and confrontational interactions we read as offensive. And more importantly, we must also listen to and trust those who report when such aggressions &ndash; of all shapes and sizes &ndash; occur. Willful ignorance is no longer acceptable. In truth, it has never been okay.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>Britt Julious</strong>&nbsp;writes about culture in and outside of Chicago. Follow Britt&#39;s essays for&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s Tumblr</a>&nbsp;or on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/britticisms" target="_blank">@britticisms</a>.</em></div></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-07/big-brother-15-opportunity-discuss-discrimination-all-forms-108178 Please stop talking about Rachel Shteir's looks http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/please-stop-talking-about-rachel-shteirs-looks-106810 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/557660277_cc189c6e8a.jpg" style="float: right; height: 485px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Curious Expeditions" />By this point, I&#39;m loath <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/where-are-chicagos-women-writers-right-here-106767">to give Rachel Shteir&#39;s <em>New York Times</em></a> piece more play. She made her point, people responded, she was given the chance to reply (and that response was something along the lines of, &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-rachel-shteir-chicago-insulted-0424-20130424,0,4292947.story">I meant what I said and I&#39;m sorry if you little diaper babies can&#39;t take it</a>.&quot;) Fine. Let&#39;s move on to some other civic outrage, like how horrible our baseball teams are right now.</p><p>EXCEPT. One thing I can&#39;t get over is a particular way some Chicagoans have expressed their displeasure with Shteir: by attacking her looks (just read the comments on any of the pieces online about her.) I can&#39;t quite let this go by for the following reasons:<br /><br />A. It&#39;s inaccurate. Shteir may be a little cranky, but she is perfectly nice looking. I am an expert on looks and I&#39;m declaring this as a fact so don&#39;t even argue with it.<br /><br />B. More importantly, Shteir&#39;s opinion and her looks have absolutely nothing to do with each other. She doesn&#39;t even need to have a face or arms or legs to be allowed to have an opinion. She could just be a brain in a jar like<em> The Man With Two Brains,</em> being taken for a ride in a rowboat wearing a straw hat and wax lips. And she&#39;d still be entitled to her opinion.<br /><br />C. Is this a thing now? Only attractive people are allowed to criticize things? Because that means about 98% of all pop culture critics need to find new jobs.<br /><br />D. Criticizing Shteir&#39;s looks is breathtakingly sexist. Do I even need to elaborate on this? Are only pretty women allowed to have strong opinions? Or are pretty women the stupid ones? Basically, we&#39;re all screwed. But seriously, I&#39;m glad that the me of now has established a thick enough skin that it doesn&#39;t make me cry (too much) when people I don&#39;t know say I&#39;m ugly because I have a feeling that isn&#39;t the same as theirs. However, it makes me sad to think that there are other women or girls out there who might be afraid to say something in a public forum because of hearing the irrelevant but still hurtful retort that they&#39;re ugly. Unfortunately, even though most of us know that it&#39;s a lazy, flabby, irrelevant insult, it can still sting. Let&#39;s get rid of it.<br /><br />E. Most disappointingly, saying &quot;she&#39;s ugly anyway&quot; makes Shteir&#39;s point for her. It makes us, as Chicagoans, look brutish and clumsily defensive. They would <em>never </em>do that in New York! They would cut you down with some witty bon mot they once heard at some literary cocktail party and then make you feel bad about your real estate. Do we really want to establish the precedent that in Chicago, we&#39;re like &quot;Grr, me angry, me hate face&quot;? We can do better.</p><p>Look, if you want to fight Shteir&#39;s perceptions of the city, defend the city. Dare, even,&nbsp; to find a way to improve it. Maybe Shteir will eventually grudgingly admit that it&#39;s not that bad once she&#39;s gotten her wish and gotten the hell out of here.</p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/please-stop-talking-about-rachel-shteirs-looks-106810 Creating racial reality through advertising and film http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/creating-racial-reality-through-advertising-and-film <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/wv_20100820a_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Fifty years after the Civil Rights era, 60 years after the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans, and almost 150 years after America's abolishment of slavery, the vast majority of the images we see in film and on TV are still of <st1:personname w:st="on">C</st1:personname>aucasian Americans.</p><p>Why are media and movies so out-of-touch with the real diversity of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region>? <st1:personname w:st="on">H</st1:personname>ow did we get here? Where do we go from here?</p><p>Today, film contributor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/milos-stehlik" target="_blank">Milos Stehlik</a> continues an occasional series called <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/images-movies-and-race" target="_blank"><em>Images, <st1:personname w:st="on">M</st1:personname>ovies and Race</em></a></em>. Today, Milos spends the hour with two African-American trailblazers of the advertising industry. Shirley Riley-Davis is a winner of numerous advertising copywriting and creative awards during a career that has led her from <st1:city w:st="on">Pittsburgh</st1:city> to <st1:state w:st="on">New York</st1:state>'s "<st1:personname w:st="on">M</st1:personname>ad" Avenue to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:personname w:st="on">C</st1:personname>hicago</st1:city></st1:place>. And <st1:personname w:st="on"><a href="http://www.colum.edu/academics/marketing_communication/faculty/hallen.php" target="_blank"><st1:personname w:st="on">H</st1:personname>erbert Allen</a></st1:personname> is a <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:personname w:st="on">C</st1:personname>hicago</st1:city></st1:place> playwright, professor of marketing at Columbia College, and advertising strategist who innovated concepts of market segmentation.<br> <br> <strong> A film about the actual 'Red Ball Express,' which was 75% black:</strong><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/KjAjBJ51dCY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="385" width="640"></p><p><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ggkLhL2xjdc" frameborder="0" height="315" width="420"></iframe></p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/_Mk2Tca88Xo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="385" width="480"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7b3313ch6lU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="385" width="480"></p></p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/creating-racial-reality-through-advertising-and-film